Tuesday, October 11
1:00 - 2:00 PM
250 Joralemon Street
Professor Kolber will describe the use of smooth continua and discrete categories in both law and legal theory. He will argue that the law often uses categories (like guilty or innocent, liable or not liable) when smooth continua seem more appropriate. Our focus on discrete categories amplifies modest differences in conduct into very disparate legal outcomes. The approach we use is sometimes puzzling because many legal outcomes, like awards of damages and incarcerative sentences, can be made to fall anywhere along a spectrum and do not obviously require the sharp categories we use.
Sponsored by the Philosophy & Linguistics Society.